MFA issues travel advisory: Avoid 2 upcoming protest locations in Hong Kong

This Sunday, July 21, 2019, image taken from a video, shows confrontation between masked assailants and protesters at Yuen Long MTR train station in Hong Kong. Protesters trying to return home were attacked inside a train station by assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators. (Lam Cheuk-ting via AP)
An image taken from a video dated 21 July 2019 shows confrontation between masked assailants and protesters at Yuen Long MTR train station in Hong Kong. (PHOTO: Lam Cheuk-ting via AP)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) issued a travel advisory on its Facebook page early on Friday morning (26 July), urging Singaporeans to avoid two locations in Hong Kong where protests are planned.

The locations are: Hong Kong International Airport on Friday at 1pm, and the Yuen Long district in the New Territories on Sunday – where violent attacks took place last Sunday.

“In recent weeks, several large-scale protests have taken place at multiple venues in Hong Kong. Although mostly peaceful and orderly, cases of localised clashes following these protests were reported,” MFA said in its Facebook post.

“Protests which are meant to be peaceful may still have the potential to turn violent with little or no notice.”

The ministry advised Singaporeans who are already in Hong Kong to take all necessary precautions to ensure personal safety, such as staying vigilant, monitoring developments through local news, and heeding the local authorities’ instructions.

They should also avoid protests and large public gatherings, and stay in touch with their family and friends.

Singaporeans in Hong Kong are encouraged to follow the Hong Kong Police Force’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for latest updates. They should also e-register with the MFA to enable the ministry to contact them should the need arise.

Those who require consular assistance can contact the Singapore Consulate-General in Hong Kong, or the MFA Duty Office (24-hour service) at:

Singapore Consulate-General in Hong Kong
Tel: +852-2527-2212 or +852-9466-1251 (after office hours)
Fax: +852-2861-3595

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office (24 hours)
Tanglin, Singapore 248163
Telephone: +65-6379 8800/8855

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